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Targa’s confirmed 2015 dates — check them out now

13 November, 2014

Targa New Zealand has announced the first details of their 2015 events, following the unprecedented interest in the successful 20th anniversary Targa event in the South Island completed on November 2.  

The first is a one-day Targa Sprint on March 7, followed by a three-day Targa Bambina held between May 15 and 17, and the 21st Targa New Zealand event will be held between October 26 and 31.

Though all three will be in the North Island, the success of the organization’s first foray into the South Island this year means a return in the future is a distinct possibility.

“The feedback from competitors to councils would certainly encourage us to head back down south at some stage,” says Targa event director Peter Martin. With such positive feedback, he says it was important to announce the 2015 event dates as soon as possible.

Martin has also been upfront this year by listing separately the medical levy every competitor has to pay.

“The safety of our competitors is of utmost importance to us — and wherever we go, St John goes. This incurs a cost, which we have listed separately this year to make sure everyone knows exactly what it is.” There is now just the one common fee across all three competition classes.


Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.